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After stooping at a checkpoint just outside of Tingri where even I had to go in with my paperwork (usually the guide can just take it in), we headed down a dirt road for 102 kilometres. This brought us to Rongbuk which is nothing more than two hotels, a monastery, and a fantastic view of Everest. We drove down the road to base camp as it was far too windy and cold to walk. Base camp is much more developed on this side of Everest than in Nepal. Supposedly base camp moves ...
... mastiffs in different cages that all barked angrily at the mere presence of an unknown person.
Once in Shigatse, we had a nice lunch of Tibetan and Chinese food at a pretty little restaurant and then did some shopping among the street vendors in the area. We bought some prayer flags, Tibetan/Nepalese wool caps for the cold nights ahead and a Chinese door knocker. We then headed into Tashilhunpo Monastery.
This monastery ...
... like most houses were being modernized, so short on atmosphere but
probably much better living conditions than what the Tibetans who live there
had before. WE hear a lot in the west about Chinese repression in Tibet but a
lot less about China’s massive spending on infrastructure and improving living
conditions in Tibet, sending designed to integrate Tibet into the country and
placate the population with better living ...
Friendly faithful Our day began with a huge and energetic breakfast as usual: fried eggs, tsampa, toasted bread with jam or butter, fruits, chinese bread. Full but satisfied, we jumped on the car in perfect time (for three days consecutively, our guide couldn't believe his eyes!!) and drove to Shigatse. It took us around two hours,during which we mostly slept, so nothing exciting about that. We arrived in Shigatse around 11am, so we had all ...
... were back in the car driving to somewhere else. We eventually arrived at the police station (where we came earlier and couldn't get a stamp), went through the gates and was greeted by a police officer. The officer lead us to a room and surely enough processed my permit and stamped my papers. This just goes to show that in China it's not what you know but who you know that matters. The whole experience was so surreal, felt like a scene from a movie where I was trying to ...